Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

Your Opinion: Is this School Hard to Get Into?
You already voted!

Virginia Military Institute, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Lexington, VA, a predominately rural area. There are around 1,900 students enrolled each year at VMI.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to VMI. A score in the range of 1090 to 1270 on the SAT exam, or 21 to 28 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the VMI average GPA ranges from 3.13 to 3.52 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of 60 percent with 53 percent of applicants deciding to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall VMI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Virginia Military Institute was reported as 59.5% in Fall 2020 with over 1,520 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • VMI ACT Scores: 21 - 28
  • VMI Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Virginia Military Institute?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Virginia Military Institute is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for VMI has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 50.9%
  • 2017-2018: 53.1%
  • 2018-2019: 51.3%
  • 2019-2020: 59.5%
  • Projected VMI Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 51.0%

How Does VMI Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Virginia Military Institute is five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Washington and Lee University18.6%
Southern Virginia University98.0%
Sweet Briar College79.4%
Randolph College89.6%
Lynchburg College91.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Recommended
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to VMI (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 640
Math540 - 630
Total Score1090 - 1270
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 26
Math22 - 26
Composite Score21 - 28
To learn more about the data and calculations that power this site, please visit our data discussion page.